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Men more likely than ever to receive alimony

Divorce attorneys in California and other parts of the country are witnessing a rise in the number of men seeking and obtaining alimony. While specific numbers are hard to come by, a recent survey of matrimonial lawyers found a noticeable increase in the number of women now paying spousal support. With more women earning high salaries while their husbands stay home, the change is understandable, according to divorce attorneys.

Although laws have been in place for decades prohibiting gender bias in alimony cases, anecdotal evidence suggests that the playing fields are not always equal. However, that picture seems to be changing. Matrimonial attorneys say there is a general reluctance for men to ask for alimony until they see the math and realize what living conditions will be like in its absence. In some cases, a lump sum settlement is used in lieu of scheduled payments because the woman wants to cut ties with her ex-husband.

According to some specialists, it is usually easier to ask for alimony if the man has children. Even in situations involving no children, the man may have made comprises in his career in order to further the career of his wife because the result benefited both partners. Once divorced, however, the man may have to find a better-paying job in order to live on his sole income.

Even though laws pertaining to divorce may not have changed, social values have, making it more likely for men to receive alimony if they ask for it. Men going through a divorce should evaluate their present and future economic situations and determine if their best course of action is to seek alimony in order to help them get back on their feet.

Source: Financial Advisor, "More Men Get Alimony From Their Ex-Wives", December 24, 2013

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